Australia legend reveals his dream ODI XI’s first five players

Two-time World Cup winner and ICC Hall of Famer Lisa Sthalekar has revealed the first five players she would select if choosing a dream ODI XI.

Sthalekar knows what it takes to win a World Cup, having done so with powerful Australian teams in 2005 and 2013. She also keeps a close eye on the modern game as a commentator.

Sthalekar named the five players she would select first in a dream ODI XI ahead of the start of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in India in October.

1. Jasprit Bumrah – India

“I’m going with Jasprit Bumrah at No. 1.”

“An opening bowler is essential because you need to get wickets early but also be able to bowl at the end when the players are working hard.”

“He is a bowler who can be used in the middle overs as well, so he is a useful bowler across all three phases.”

2. Virat Kohli – India

“In terms of batting, I’m going to go with Virat Kohli at No. 2.”

“On the big stage in front of his home crowd, he’s someone you’d bet on getting runs and lifting because this is likely his final World Cup.”

“A chance for him to say goodbye while also doing India proud.”

3. Babar Azam – Pakistan

“I believe he (Babar) will score many runs (at the World Cup).”

“The conditions and style of play of the 50-over format will suit him.”

“He is the type of guy who likes to lead from the front, and he is almost the glue to Pakistan’s batting lineup.”

“They have explosive players around him, and he can play his own style, eke out runs, and before you know it, he’s already in triple figures.”

4. Steve Smith – Australia

“He is someone who has adapted his style to various situations.”

“He is a good spinner, which I believe will be important in those middle overs and allow him to control the innings from there.”

5. Shaheen Afridi – Pakistan

“My final player will be Pakistan’s left-arm quick Shaheen Afridi.”

“He’s so dangerous with the ball.” What he can do with his pace and whether he can get some movement.

“Once again, he is the type of bowler who can bowl at the end.” T20 cricket has aided him, and he will make a significant contribution to the 50-over World Cup.”